Books we Read in March

March 2009 [New Books Received:  31; Books Read: 69] This month we hit a milestone: we crossed 1,400 and now have more than 1,425 completed reviews in our book bag! Wow. It seems like only yesterday I was reviewing Are You My Mother? For the first time in a long time, we read more books than we received. That is helped – in no small part – by the fact that two of our reviewing families have returned to active volunteer status. I am so excited to have them back!! Many of the picture book reviews are new finds at the library; some by my daughter, some by the 5-year-old daughter of one of our reviewers. They aren’t on our … Read more

Author Interview: Bob Hicks

Bob Hicks, a retired college professor, has renewed his passion for teaching by writing children’s book. At 15, Bob contracted encephalitis from a mosquito bite. The illness left him physically paralyzed, but spiritually determined. After 24 years of teaching at the University of Hawaii, Bob retired because his voice would no longer hold up. He has always loved words and rhyme, but had not envisioned himself as a children’s writer. Bob’s first picture book, Tommie Turtle’s Secret has received a number of awards: 2005 Florida Christian Writer’s Conference~Best Submission for Children’s Writing; 2007 DragonPencil Awards~Silver Medal for Literature (Awarded for superior writing); 2008 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palms Literary Award~First Place, Children’s Published; and 2008 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palms … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8, March/April 2008

Come Look with Me: Discovering Women Artists for Children by Jennifer Tarr Coyne. There is something for everyone in this collection of 12 paintings, and you don’t need to know a lot about art to enjoy it. You’ll find information about the artist, the painting, and questions to engage your reader. They will stimulate the reader’s curiosity and provide much food for thought and discussion. (Lickle Publishing, 2005) Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling, Jr. This is another in this series of books designed to introduce children to the fine arts. Our reviewer: “When I taught school, I used art in my history classes (high school level) to set context. This project … Read more